Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Crossing the street can be dangerous, even if you are obeying the traffic laws. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 12 people in the United States are killed every day as pedestrians when they are hit by a car, truck, bus, or other motor vehicle. In fact 72% of all pedestrian fatalities occur in urban areas like Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident Lawyer, Edith Pearce Esq. is not only a nationally recognized trial attorney, but understands unique issues of pedestrian accidents. Most pedestrian accidents involving a car, truck, or bus result in serious injury or death.

In such cases, it is in a client’s best interests to hire a Philadelphia pedestrian accident lawyer residents can count on for expert representation.

The Pearce Law Firm has handled pedestrian accident cases throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Having worked for almost 10 years for an automobile insurance company and for an accident defense firm, Philadelphia pedestrian accident lawyer Edith Pearce uses her expert knowledge from inside the industry to help you recover maximum compensation. Edith Pearce, the founder of The Pearce Law Firm is a lifetime member of the multi-million dollar advocates forum and has been awarded the prestigious Super Lawyers® designation. The Pearce Law Firm will fight to recover your expenses, replace income and make sure that your losses, your suffering, your property damage and your injuries are adequately compensated.

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Frequently Asked Accident Questions

Special Issues in a Pedestrian Accident

Successfully litigating pedestrian accidents requires specialized skill, knowledge and experience because these cases involve issues particular to pedestrians’ rights. Under Pennsylvania law, there are certain conditions under which someone must yield the right of way to someone else.

  • Drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians crossing legally in a crosswalk. If a sidewalk abuts at least one side of an intersection, then a legal crosswalk exists, whether marked or not.
  • Drivers who are turning at intersections, including signalized intersections, must yield to pedestrians who are crossing. Also, drivers at a signalized intersection may not enter an intersection, (they may not cross over the crosswalk), unless they can assure that they will be able to exit the intersection before the light changes.
  • Drivers may not block the crosswalk at an intersection, even if the driver thought he or she could clear the intersection before the traffic light changed.
  • A driver entering or exiting a driveway, alley or private road must yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian approaching on a sidewalk.
  • In Philadelphia, the driver of a motor vehicle entering onto a street from a driveway is required to come to a complete stop before crossing the sidewalk area as well as yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian on the sidewalk.
  • Crosswalks that are marked at non-intersection (middle of the block) locations also require vehicles to yield to pedestrians.

Determining who is at fault in pedestrian cases can be challenging. Many factors must be taken into account, including whether the pedestrian or motor vehicle were paying attention and could have avoided the accident. That’s why you need an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer Philadelphia and the tri-state area can count on.

Experience and Expertise: Getting You The Compensation You Deserve

Edith Pearce is an experienced Philadelphia pedestrian accident lawyer. The lawyers at The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. have received the prestigious Super Lawyer & Rising Star awards and the firm has received the highest “AV” rating for legal ability and ethical standards from Martindale-Hubbell, the nation’s oldest and most respected attorney-rating service.

A highly sought after and nationally recognized trial lawyer, Edith Pearce is the founder of The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. The Pearce Law Firm is able to offer our clients the personal attention and individualized representation needed to achieve the highest results possible, and Edith Pearce is personally involved in every case the firm handles. Unlike the huge firms with dozens of attorneys where many different attorneys may be handling different aspects of your case, Edith Pearce is involved in your entire case from start to finish. She genuinely cares about her clients and you will not be treated like just another case or file.


Damages that a walker, bicycle victim or pedestrian victim and the victim’s family are entitled to recover may include: hospital and medical expenses; past and future lost earnings; past and future permanent physical disability, such as a limp, scars, loss of a limb; emotional distress, such as depression and anxiety; grief and emotional suffering caused by the death of a loved one; loss of love and companionship caused by the death or serious injury of a loved one; physical pain and suffering; loss of enjoyment of life.

To protect your legal rights following a pedestrian accident in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, it is wise to consult a pedestrian accident lawyer. Philadelphia and the tri-state area can turn to Edith Pearce and The Pearce Law Firm for experience handling pedestrian accident claims as soon as possible. Within the first week, important physical evidence can be lost, and witnesses may become hard to find.

The Pearce Law Firm is dedicated to protecting your rights and obtaining full and fair compensation for you.

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If you or someone you know has been injured in a pedestrian accident in the Pennsylvania/New Jersey area and is in need of a pedestrian accident lawyer Philadelphia and the tri-state area can count on for results, please call us for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I get hit while crossing the road outside a crosswalk, can I still sue the driver?

While the law typically requires a person to cross a street inside a crosswalk or at an intersection with the light, if a pedestrian is struck outside a crosswalk, he or she can still get compensation. This is because a driver must give pedestrians due caution taking into account their vulnerability and lack of protection. If the jury feels that the driver failed to act reasonably safe, then he or she could be liable for any injuries.

What damages can I get if I’m hit by a car while walking?

If the driver was negligent and hit you, then you are entitled to damages for your injury. The amount will depend greatly on the extent of your injuries, how they affected your life and what the cap is on the insurance policy of the at-fault driver.

How long do I have to file a pedestrian accident claim?

In Pennsylvania, a pedestrian has two years from the date of the injury to file a claim for damages. If this deadline isn’t met, then it’s possible that your ability to get compensated has been forfeited. If you think it’s been close to two years since you’ve been injured, and the insurance company seems to be stalling, then talk to an experienced attorney right away.